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April 8, 2011

Britain touts private security contractors for Libya

Britain touts private security contractors for Libya

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Britain has raised the idea of using private security firms as part of efforts to bolster military support for Libyan rebels. Defence officials speaking to The Guardian have floated the idea as Western powers examine ways to turn the tide of the rebels’ stuttering campaign against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

The sources also urged Arab countries to fund training for the rebels, whose inferior weaponry and organisation is widely agreed to have allowed pro-Gaddafi forces to check the insurgency’s recent gains.

The call to deploy private security contractors comes as the Afghan government has announced plans to phase out such operators over the next 12 months. The image of such firms has been severely tarnished by repeated revelations of abuse by the U.S. firm Blackwater Worldwide, subsequently renamed Xe Services. Blackwater executives and employees have faced civil lawsuits, criminal charges and Congressional investigations related to accusations of bribery and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The collapse of numerous investigations related to several alleged incidents has raised questions about the legal accountability of firms operating in war zones on behalf of Western governments.

The suggested training of rebels and deployment of contractors appears to confirm Western powers’ determination to end Gaddafi’s grip on power.

Yesterday’s report in The Guardian interprets the move as the start of a new phase in the three-week-old NATO-led intervention in Libya, and a tacit admission by Western nations that the rebels are struggling to make ground despite NATO air support.

Britain’s focus on Arab participation in funding and training the rebels reflects a will on Western powers’ part to foster Arab ownership of the intervention, perceived as being crucial to building the legitimacy of the West’s support to Libyan rebels.

According to The Guardian, Western military strategy is now turning to cementing the rebels’ territorial gains before the negotiation of a ceasefire with the Gaddafi regime.


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August 13, 2008

Russian troops march deep into Georgia, violating truce

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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According to Georgian officials and scattered news reports, Russian soldiers and South Ossetia paramilitaries marched into the Georgian city of Gori. This comes one day after a truce was made by both nations to put an end to the six-day war that has killed many and uprooted thousands.

“Russia has treacherously broken its word,” said Georgia’s Security Council chief Alexandre Lomaia. Georgian officials also said that Gori was looted and bombed by the Russians, though the latter denies this claim.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed dozens of tanks and military vehicles leaving Gori in a southeast direction. One Russian soldier jokingly said to a photographer, “Come with us, beauty, we’re going to Tbilisi!” Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia.

A CNN crew observed thousands of Georgian troops packing up and leaving Gori at high speed. Georgia has said it was recalling the troops to defend Tbilisi.

According to AP, a BBC reporter witnessed Russian tanks in the streets of Gori, while South Ossetians were seizing Georgian cars and looting homes.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has stated that he thinks the Western response to this situation has been inadequate. “I feel that they are partly to blame,” he said. “Not only those who commit atrocities are responsible…but so are those that fail to react.”

A Russian ministry of defence official told Interfax that Russian troops were in Senaki to “prevent attacks by Georgian military units against South Ossetia.”

“To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis,” US president George W. Bush said.

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign affairs minister responded to the US statement by calling Georgia “a special project of the United States. And we understand that the United States is worried about its project.”

At the United Nations, Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia would not sign a French-drafted cease-fire resolution. “We will look at the draft and try to bring it to a standard where it can play a role in this,” Churkin said.


Sources

  • “Russian military pushes into Georgia”. CNN, August 13, 2008
  • Christopher Torchia and Matti Friedman “Russian troops roll deep into Georgia, break truce”. Yahoo! News, August 13, 2008
  • Christopher Torchia and Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili “Russian convoy heads into Georgia, violating truce”. Assosciated Press, August 13, 2008
  • “On Scene: A Cry for Unity in Georgia”. Time (magazine), August 13, 2008
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February 10, 2005

Colombian army and FARC in combat, 28 dead

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Colombian army and FARC in combat, 28 dead

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Colombia – Since yersterday the Colombian National Army and FARC rebels have been fighting in the Department of Antioquia in Colombia. Recent reports account that 17 military and 11 guerrilla were dead during the combats until now.

Yesterday conflict occurred in the jungle, near the spring of the El Porroso river, rural zone of Mutatá, Uraba province of the Antioquia department. The general Carlos Alberto Ospina, Colombian Military Forces commander, told the engagement began after they intercepted a FARC group in its path to a Indian community settled around the region.

A military officer and 16 soldiers of the Batallón de Infantería No. 46 Voltigeros died in the battle. A sub-official and a soldier got hurt. 11 guerrilla from the FARC were killed as well. Eight soldiers are still missing, according to report released by the Colombian Caracol Radio.

In another campaign soldiers of the Batallón de Contraguerrillas 41 Héroes de Corea de la Primera División dismantled a laboratory with chemicals used for the processing of narcotics in a FARC camp, located in the city of Vista Hermosa, Meta department.

See also

  • FARC surround Colombian town February 9, 2005.

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January 9, 2005

Peace agreement signed in Sudan

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Peace agreement signed in Sudan

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Sunday, January 9, 2005

In the Sudan, a peace treaty has been signed that many hope will end the almost 20 year long civil war.

Rebel leader Dr. John Garang and Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha signed the agreement with foreign leaders such as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and thousands of members of the public witnessing the event at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. The deal will see Sudan’s rich oil reserves being split fairly north–south.

The war was between the Muslim north and the Christian south, and over the last two decades has resulted in the death of 1.5 m people. However, this agreement does not solve the separate, more recent and on-going conflict in Darfur. It is hoped this agreement may pave away to a similar treaty to end that conflict.

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  • “Sudanese parties sign peace pledge” — Wikinews, November 19, 2004

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November 19, 2004

Sudanese parties sign peace pledge

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Sudanese parties sign peace pledge

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Friday, November 19, 2004

NAIROBI – Representatives of both the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed a peace pledge today in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, under the watchful eye of United Nations ambassadors.

According to the BBC, the document concluded with a memorandum saying that “prompt completion of the peace process is essential for all the people of Sudan”. The actual peace treaty should, according to the pledge, be signed no later than December 31st 2004. While the pledge focuses mainly on the fights between the rebels in the south and the Khartoum-based government in the north, there is also attention for the ongoing crisis in east Sudan (Darfur).

Several aid agencies have criticized the UN for taking a weak stand against the Sudanese government. The Security Council has already signed two resolutions threatening economic sanctions against Sudan if the government does not disarm its troops in Darfur, but, so the BBC reports, the violence is continuing. The civil war in Darfur was sparked in 2003, when insurgents started attacking government buildings. The Arab government in Khartoum subsequently sent troops to the region, which have been reported to mass-violate human rights of the black Africans living in Darfur.

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